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Spott3r Spotlight: Beachbody Coach, Cecilia Esteban

We are delighted to introduce our newest spott3r friend, Beachbody coach, Cecilia Esteban! A bit of background:

Cecilia is a stay at home, homeschool mom to two awesome children and has been married to her best friend for 16 years. While she has always been active and interested in nutrition, it wasn’t until Cecilia joined a Team Beach Body Challenge Group coupled with nutrition and Shakeology that it all changed for her.

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“It was a great experience because I had teammates and a coach that kept me motivated and accountable. I am at my goal weight but I will not stop because being fit is a way of life.”

Cecilia became a Beachbody coach because she realized there was more to it than losing weight; she can actually help change a person’s life.

beachbody coachWhat motivates this inspiration coach to get to the gym?

“My motivation is to get a six pack and maintain what I’ve worked so hard for. It took me a while to realize that nutrition AND working out are needed to get results. As Dr. Hyman said, “You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.’ I have to eat clean, (eat whole foods) 85% of the time and workout to see results.”

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Her biggest fitness achievement to date?

“I can do 30 real push ups without stopping!”

Favorite workout:

 T25 by ShaunT and Asylum2 by ShaunT

When Cecilia is crushing her workout, she likes to listen to Pandora Hip Hop Power Workout.

#NowPlaying on her iPod:

“Love on Top” by Beyoncé

“Play Hard” by David Gueta (rehab remix)

“Am I wrong” by Nico & Vinz

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beachbody coachLike all of us, Cecilia has her excuses for not making it to the gym.

“My biggest excuse was time. When Beachbody came out with T25, I had no more excuses. The workouts are 25 minutes. I schedule my workouts early in morning so I can get it done before the kids get up. Everyone can find time to workout for 25 minutes.”

She has a good workout when:

“I know I had a good workout when I’m dripping in sweat.”

 

 

 

 Cecilia leaves us with her favorite fitness quote:

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.”

Be sure to check out our Instagram, where Cecilia will be guest posting all week! You can also find her on her Instagram, Facebook, or her Beachbody team page.

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

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Zumba and Fitness: One Mom’s Journey

We are delighted to introduce Rhoa Rafeh of Olympia, Washington to the spott3r community! Rhoa started off as an overweight mom hoping to add fitness into her routine. It exploded into something bigger than she could have ever imagined! Rhoa enjoys a healthy lifestyle, and has been a Zumba instructor for the last 6 years.

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Rhoa’s biggest fitness achievement to date is being, simply, fit and healthy. She gained 60 pounds in her pregnancies and felt isolated and alone. As a social person, group fitness made sense to her. She started taking classes and realized, “hey I can do this!” So she did.

“It wasn’t until I became a licensed fitness instructor that I became religious about my workouts. I made connections with people and we became Zumba sisters…and a few Zumba brothers evolved as well.”

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What does Rhoa love the most about Zumba?

“There is something very powerful  about being in sync with a big group of people, moving in the same direction and dancing to the same music. You sweat and become in sync with a big group of people and that bonds you. Pretty soon an hour of moving and grooving is done,  you’ve burned tons of calories and you’ve had the time of your life. That’s a great workout that you can stick with and enjoy.”

Below is a photo of when Rhoa was her heaviest (190 pounds), before she discovered Zumba and became an instructor.

“My amazing husband, Zach, had been such a support to me and my kids inspire me to be better and do better every day. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired so I decided to become a Zumba instructor and here we are today!”

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Zumba has changed Rhoa’s life in so many positive ways. The energy blast she gets from teaching gives her the strength she needs to care for herself, for her family, and to keep up with everyday commitments.

And while Zumba has been extremely rewarding to Rhoa, it is in sharing it and celebrating the successes of her participants that she feels the most blessed.

“Watching them week after week as they become more familiar with the routines, more confident and comfortable with themselves, and improving their overall health and well-being. Zumba has changed my life on so many levels but the greatest reward is allowing me the opportunity to help others change theirs.”

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unnamedTo the right is a photo from when Rhoa added Les Mills Body Pump to her fitness schedule.

What else helps this Zumba queen to stay movitated? Music.

“Daddy Yankee is the best for livening up a class and great for infusing some hip hop, reggaeton genre. I love and use many of his songs for my Zumba routines, like Limbo, Ven Comigo, Pasarela, rompe, and Ella Me Levanto.”

Rhoa is a licensed Zumba, Aqua Zuma, Zuma Toning, and soon to be Pro skills Zumba licensed instructor. Her love at dance extends to another program through Les Mills international called Body Jam. The program lets you enjoy the sensation of dance through explosive movements and chart topping music.

Beyond dancing, Rhoa and her Zumba friends give back to the community by offering free classes through local parks and recreation, family and support services, and have participated in various “let’s move” campaigns to increase the importance of physical activity for individuals and families.

unnamed (8) Rhoa leaves us with one last piece of fitness newbies:

“Just try it! Getting there is the hardest step but once you’re there the music will move you, watching others of all ages and fitness levels dance will inspire you. Eventually you’ll make friends and it just becomes a part of your routine. You don’t ask yourself should I brush my teeth today? You just do, same goes for physical activity.”

To learn more about Rhoa, you can find her on Instagram as Live2dance360 and on Facebook. You can also find her on our Instagram, where she’ll be guest posting all week!

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Spott3r Spotlight: Lindsy May

Our most recent spott3r member is a healthy mom who has earned her title. Lindsy May explains that she has always been bigger, but athletic. Once she got to college, she tried working out but had no control over her eating. Getting married, working and having two kids didn’t help. Every once in a while she would get the spark to be healthier but it never stuck. It wasn’t until after her second c-section that she realized her weight was a big contributor behind her emergency c-sections.

“This January (6 months after the birth of my second son) I decided enough was enough.”

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Lindsy started with a Zumba class at BYU (her almamater), took before pictures, and went from there. We’re so impressed with how far she’s come in just a few short months!

What is Lindsy’s favorite workout?

“I really feel the burn doing stadiums at my local high school and I love doing barbell squats. It really surprises people when I stack the weight on!”

Her best fitness achievement to date?

“I’ve never been a runner and I worked my way up to 5 miles back in April! I’ll be working on running again for my first half marathon in October”

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When it comes to working out, Lindsy is a Pandora girl all the way. Her favorite stations include Imagine Dragons and Michael Bublé.

What’s playing on her iPod right now:

“Demons” – Imagine Dragons

“Girls Chase Boys” – Ingrid Michaelson

“Ten Feet Tall” – Afrojack

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What is Lindsy’s current fitness goal?

“I’m working my way to be comfortable in a Medium shirt, and size 10 pants. After that, it will be hitting 50 pounds lost!”

What motivates Lindsy to get to the gym when she’s struggling?

“With two kids, gym/fitness has become my ME time to de-stress and unload. I have never been a morning person, but now I can’t wait to get up at 6am and get my time in! And of course, the changes in my body are awesome too!”

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What’s Lindsy’s biggest excuse for not working out?

“Not getting a full night sleep. If my babies wake up during the night and keep me up it’s easy to decide I’ll do a workout later, but working out at home is so much harder and not me ME time, just working out.”

Speaking of her ME time, Lindsy knows she had a great workout when:

“I’m dripping sweat and I can keep my calorie count averages about 10 per minute.”

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If Lindsy could give one piece of fitness advice to a newbie, what would it be?

“Always believe. Everyone thinks that they can change for the worse, so why can’t you change for the better?”

Keep up with Lindsy’s fitness journey on our Instagram where she’ll be posting all next week!

Spott3r works to get people paid for their workouts. Learn more on how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits here! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Spott3r Spotlight: Michelle Wood

A warm welcome to Michelle Wood, one of our newest spott3r members! This full-time high school English teacher and Beachbody coach is excited to share her story online because she finally found a health and fitness plan that has worked for her.

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Her biggest fitness achievement to date? Eight weeks after she has her second son (and second c-section), she started Insanity and finished it – which lead to T25, P90X3, Combat, and now PiYo. She’s lost 40 lbs, kept it off, and is now smaller and stronger than she was in high school!

“My current goal is to maintain my level of fitness for life and improve my flexibility and weight-lifting.”

What motivates this fit mom to go to the gym?

“My motivation is to be able to keep up with my boys for a lifetime of activity. I know how good it feels to be in shape so that keeps me going!”

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“I absolutely LOVE getting a killer workout in 25 minutes in the comfort of my home. In the 10 workout videos, he covers everything from yoga to weight training to sweat-pouring cardio and has a schedule of when to do what. Shaun T is the most authentic, caring, motivating trainer there is!”

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What’s your biggest excuse for not working out and how do you solve that?

“Usually it’s time. I am crazy busy with all of my responsibilities and the different hats I wear. My solution is no excuses. Just get it done. Even if that means I have to go somewhere sweaty afterwards. If I do miss a day, I do a double on Saturdays to make up for it.”

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What’s your one piece of fitness advice?

“Find what you enjoy and share it with those you care about! That is why I love DVD workout programs I can do at home. You get all kinds of variety so you really see results and never get bored – and to check in with friends keeps you accountable!”

You know you had a great workout when:

“There is sweat pouring off my head and I’m crying laughing at the end. That euphoric feeling of really leaving it all out there on the floor and feeling energized for whatever comes next!”

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On Michelle’s iPod right now:

1. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

2. “Am I Wrong” – Nico and Vinz

3. “More” – Usher

Want to learn more about this fit mom? Check out her facebook page or her inspiring Instagram account: @coachmichellew.

We’ll also be posting about her fitness journey on our own Instagram! Be sure to stop by and learn more about the rest of our awesome spott3r community!

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